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Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mt Rushmore National Memorial

May 25, 2018    


The Evening Lighting Ceremonies are held beginning the Friday before Memorial Day to September 30th each year. The times are listed below.

October 1, 2017 - May 24, 2018 No Evening Lighting Ceremony, but sculpture is illuminated nightly.
May 25 - August 11, 2018 Nightly at 9:00 p.m.
August 12 - September 30, 2018 Nightly at 8:00 p.m.
October 1, 2018 - late May, 2019 No Evening Lighting Ceremony, but sculpture is illuminated nightly.

All times are Mountain Time.

Event Location:

Mt Rushmore National Memorial

Legends in Light, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 25, 2018    


Legends in Light Laser Show

Nightly May 25- September 30

“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through September 31st. The laser-light show effectively turns the mountainside into a giant 500-foot “screen” for the spectacular display.

“This is laser-light storytelling to illuminate our cultural diversity, celebrate our similarities and encourage better understanding and harmony among races and nations,” said Ruth Ziolkowski,(1926-2014) wife of late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982).

The Memorial honors Native Americans, and “Legends in Light” dramatizes the story of the rich heritage, living cultures and contributions by Native Americans to our society. The show features colorful animations, sound effects and laser beams choreographed to music.

2018 Laser Light Show Public Schedule

2018 Date Show Start Time
May 25 - June 7 9:30
June 8 - July 19 10:00
July 20 - Aug 9 9:30
Aug 10 - Aug 23 9:00
Aug 24 - Sept 13 8:30
Sept 14 - Sept 20 8:00
Sept 21 - Sept 30 7:30

The show is produced with:

  • 15-watt lasers that are the biggest used in the laser-show industry
  • 8,800 watts of stereo sound that is heard in the parking lots and throughout the visitor complex
  • 25 2,000-watt fixtures lighting up the mountain
  • Three of the world’s largest slide projectors.

The three PANI slide projectors create panoramic images as wide as the mountain carving. A closed-loop ice-making system cools the lasers, without drawing on water resources.

This dynamic method of storytelling provides a unique experience for our guests to enjoy.


Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Memorial Day Weekend Open House, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 25, 2018  - May 28, 2018   


Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Thursday Night Lecture Series, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 31, 2018  - August 30, 2018   


Native Artists, historians and cultural bearers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors of the Crazy Horse Memorial by offering a 40-60 minute presentation on a Thursday evening from June through August.  It is Crazy Horse Memorial’s goal to provide an opportunity for selected professionals to share their knowledge and skill with an international audience providing a greater understanding of Native culture. 

Starting May 31st, 2018- August 30th, 2018.

Please click here to be directed to our website for more information

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

33rd Annual Spring Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memorial

June 2, 2018  - June 3, 2018   


33rd Annual Spring Volksmarch – June 2-3, 2018
The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 walkers in a record year). This family event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksmarch Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial.

*Volksmarches are held, weather permitting.

Please visit the web site for all the information on this event  Crazy Horse Memorial

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

National Trails Day, Custer State Park

June 2, 2018    

National Trails Day

June 2, 2018

State Park Events

Location: Statewide

National Trails Day is a day set aside to celebrate America's magnificent trail systems and their countless supporters and volunteers. Several state parks will be hosting trail-related events that day. For more information, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or www.americanhiking.org.

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Mt. Rushmore Rodeo

June 9, 2018    


Truly western. The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in BULL Riding, Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. The Clowns and "Mutton Bustin" are sure to please the crowd. Cowboys and Cowgirls will sign autographs followed by a Cowboy dance with Live Music. See ya at the Rodeo!!

Event Location:

Palmer Gulch

Father’s Day Special 1880 Train

June 17, 2018    


Treat your father to a unique and unforgettable steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills. This is definitely an adventure your father will never forget.

Adults: $39, Children, $19 (3-12), 2 and under are free. Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!

Ticket includes assigned seating, sweet treat, mimosa or sparkling juice, water, live entertainment and train ride.

Event Location:

1880 Train


June 23, 2018    



Event Location:

Hill City, SD

Sculpture in the Hills

June 23, 2018  - June 24, 2018   


Sculpture in the Hills

Near two of the world’s largest sculptures--Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse--the Hill City Arts Council hosts the region’s only annual sculpture show and sale with more than 20 artists who share their process and fine art objects with almost 3,000 attendees.  Always free, near the end of June.  (www.hillcityarts.org)

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Hill City
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